Friday, February 22, 2013

Veterinary Highlights: Canine Health Foundation Fights Bloat

The Canine Health Foundation's (CHF)  undertaking is to address the need for both education and research in order to tackle gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), also referred to as bloat, in dogs.

Bloat is a deadly condition and we really understand very little how to prevent it.

Short of prophylactic gastropexy, there is no known sure-fire way of preventing it.

CHF has released a Bloat Initiative Request for Proposals (RFP) to the research community.

To help educate dog owners about bloat, CHF will launch a free webinar in mid-2013 describing possible causes of bloat, susceptible breeds, symptoms, medical intervention, and explanation of research needed.

For more information about bloat or to donate to the effort visit

Source article:
CHF Fights Bloat in Dogs

Related articles:
Gastric Dilatation And Volvulus (GDV): What Did The Latest Study Reveal?
Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (Bloat): RIP Barbie 

Further reading:
Help... My Dog's Stomach is Swollen! Bloat, Torsion, and GDV in Dogs - Part 1: Be Aware


  1. Great! I definitely think we need more education on bloat all the way around. There just seems to be so much conflicting information out there and the truth is, nobody really knows how to prevent it! The most important thing we have is to know the signs of bloat.

    1. Yes, this condition needs to get figured out! Where it is at now, if I got a high-risk breed puppy, I'd likely opt for the gastropexy.

  2. This has been a hot topic recently; glad to see people are paying attention :)

    1. Too many dogs die from what seems to mostly be a mechanical issue. Just too sad. It's time we got this figured out for good.

  3. This is an amazing blog with some very interesting observations and points of interest in realtion to the world of dogs. Please keep up the excellent work.

  4. I've seen quite a few posts about it lately and I'm glad to read each one. It's scary to think about though. :/

    1. Very scary stuff indeed. I'm hoping they will find researchers willing to tackle this and can gain better understanding of this deadly condition.